On This Day

November 26

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1917 FOUNDING OF THE NHLOttawa Ontario – Frank Calder 1877-1943 is elected President of the new National Hockey League, founded on this day. The new League replaces the National Hockey Association, and consists of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs. Quebec did not to operate that first season. Seven years later, the Boston Bruins became the first US club to get a franchise.

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Washington DC – Charles Vincent Massey 1887-1967 takes up duties as first Canadian Ambassador to Washington; Canada’s first official diplomatic posting to a foreign country after Balfour Report and Dominion independence.


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Trois-Rivières Quebec – Goalie Manon Rhéaume 1972- plays one game for the QMJHL Trois-Rivières Draveurs; the first woman to play on a major junior A hockey team; later goaltender for the Women’s Canadian National Team at the 1992 and 1994 Women’s World Championships, winning a gold medal both times; 1992 signed as free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning and played in an exhibition game (Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues) on Sept. 23, 1992, making her the first woman to play in a professional hockey game; 1998 goalie for the Canadian Olympic Silver medal women’s team.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Rich Little 1938-
impressionist, master of mimicry, born on this day at Ottawa in 1938. Little does over 200 characterizations in his stage show, including uncanny versions of Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Cary Grant and Clark Gable. He has also worked as an actor in such films as The Late Shift, Happy Hour, and Dirty Tricks, as host of TV’s Rich Little Show (1976), and You Asked For It (1981-83). His Ronald Reagan album, the First Family Rides Again, sold 1 million copies. For more information, check his entry in the Internet Movie Database.Also Moses Hart 1768-1852
businessman, was born on this day at Trois-Rivières, Quebec, in 1768; died there Oct. 15, 1852. Hart was the brother of politician Benjamin; died there Oct. 15, 1852. Hart was one of the first shareholders of the Bank of Montreal and the Bank of Canada.

Also Colin Mackenzie 1861-1956
soldier, was born on this day in 1861; died at London, England, July 07, 1956. Mackenzie came to Canada as Chief of the General Staff, 1910-13; resigned after disagreements with Sam Hughes, Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence.

Also Leo Smith 1881-1952
composer, cellist, author, professor, was born on this day at Birmingham, England, in 1881; died in Toronto Apr. 18, 1952. Smith was a child prodigy; played cello in the Halle and Covent Garden orchestras; 1910 came to Canada; 1911 taught at the Toronto Conservatory and joined the Toronto Symphony; 1917-18 principal cellist, and again 1932-40; 1938-50 Professor of music at the University of Toronto; wrote Musical Rudiments (1920), Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (1931) and Elementary Part-Writing (1939).

Also F.H. ‘Frank’ Underhill 1889-1971
historian, was born on this day at Stouffville, Ontario, in 1889; died in Ottawa Sept. 16, 1971. Underhill studied at the universities of Toronto and Oxford; served as an officer in the Canadian Army during World War I; 1918-27 taught history at University of Saskatchewan; 1927-55 at University of Toronto; wrote for Canadian Forum; first president of the League for Social Reconstruction; 1933 main author of the Regina Manifesto of the CCF; 1955 appointed curator of Laurier House, Ottawa.

Also James Charles McGuigan 1894-1974
Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Toronto, was born on this day at Hunter River, PEI, in 1894; died at Toronto Apr. 08, 1974. McGuigan graduated from St Dunstan’s College and Laval; 1930 appointed Archbishop of Regina; 1935 Archbishop of Toronto; Dec. 23, 1945 appointed Canada’s first non-French Cardinal by Pope Pius XII.

Also Armand Frappier 1904-1991
physician, microbiologist, was born on this day at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, in 1904; died in Montreal Dec. 17, 1991. Frappier studied at l’Université de Montréal; 1930 MD; 1931-32 studied tuberculosis and BCG (bacille Calmette-Guérin) vaccine in the US and at the Institut Pasteur in Paris on a Rockefeller scholarship; 1933 lab chief at Hôpital Saint-Luc, Professor of Bacteriology at U de M; 1938 founded l’ Institut de microbiologie et d’hygiène de Montréal, today’s Institut Armand-Frappier; 1945-65 founder and Dean of world’s first French-language school of hygiene at U de M; 1974 retired.

Also James Simpkins 1910-
artist, cartoonist, was born on this day at Winnipeg in 1910. Simpkins served in the Canadian Army during World War II; joined National Film Board as staff artist; 1948 created the Jasper cartoon that appeared in Maclean’s for 24 years; also did filmstrip production, illustrated books and drew a monthly cartoon for the Medical Post.

Also Daniel Petrie 1920-
TV and stage director, actor, was born on this day at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, in 1920 . Petrie studied at St. Francis Xavier, Columbia and Northwestern universities; directed A Raisin in the Sun (1961); 1984 won Genie for his semi-autobiographical The Bay Boy (1984), starring Liv Ullmann and Kiefer Sutherland. For more, check out the Internet Movie Database.

Also Robert Goulet 1933-
actor, baritone, was born on this day at Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1933. Brought up in Edmonton, Goulet won a singing scholarship to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; 1951 made concert debut in Edmonton in Handel’s Messiah; worked as disk jockey on Edmonton radio station CKUA for two years; sang with the Canadian Opera Company and at the Stratford Festival; 1960 landed role as Lancelot in Lerner & Loewe’s Broadway premiere of Camelot opposite Richard Burton and Julie Andrews; wins Grammy as Best New Artist of 1962; 1968 Tony award for his role as Jacques in Happy Time; hit songs include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, My Love Forgive Me, and Camelot; has also acted in Mr. Wrong, I’d Rather be Rich, Atlantic City, Beetlejuice, Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, Scrooged, and Blue Light. For more information, check his entry in the Internet Movie Database.

Also Chris Osgood 1972-
NHL goaltender, was born on this day at Peace River, Alberta, in 1972; selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round (54th pick overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry draft; 1997-98 Season: tied for third in NHL in wins.

In Other Events…
1991 Toronto Ontario – Bruce Beresford wins Best Director Award at 1991 Genie Awards for ‘Black Robe’; plus Best Picture, screenplay, cinematography, art direction; Remy Girard wins Best Actor Award for performance in ‘Amoureux fou’ (Love Crazy); Pascale Montpetit wins Best Actress Award for performance in ‘H’, a film about heroin addicts.
1991 Toronto Ontario – William James dies at age 96; consulting geologist; named to Canadian Mining Hall of Fame 1989; father of Bill James, President of Denison Mines.
1989 Toronto Ontario – John Gregory’s CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat Hamilton Tiger Cats 43-40 before a record crowd of more than 54,000 at SkyDome to win 77th Grey Cup; one of the highest scoring Grey Cup games.
1984 Montreal Quebec – Guy Lafleur announces he will retire from hockey; after 518 goals and 14 years of service with the Montreal Canadiens.
1980 Ottawa Ontario – Bank Act sets up new operating rules for chartered banks; lets foreign banks open branches; replacing the 1967 Bank Act
1978 Toronto Ontario – Hugh Campbell’s CFL Edmonton Eskimos defeat Montreal Alouettes 20-13 to win 66th Grey Cup game.
1975 Ottawa Ontario – The Canadian Radio-Television Commission orders Canadian TV cable companies to black out identical US programs available on Canadian television at the same time; CRTC rules ensure that Canadian advertisers are not subsidizing US Stations.
1973 Tokyo Japan – Denison Mines Ltd. sells $800 million worth of uranium oxide to Tokyo Electric Power Company; delivery from 1984 to 1993
1971 Moncton, New Brunswick – Viola Léger puts on her first performance of Antonine Maillet’s ‘La Sagouine’, a series of 16 dramatic monologues by an illiterate but philosophic Acadian cleaning woman, for a Moncton radio station; first staged by Moncton’s Les Feux-Chalins, a troupe founded by Father Jean-Guy Gagnon and others in 1969; will be performed at the Théâtre du rideau vert in Montreal, and in 1974 on Radio Canada; 1979 in english on CBC.
1969 New York City – Canadian rock group The Band receive a gold record for their album, The Band.
1967 Toronto Ontario – John Parmenter Robarts 1917-1982 opens 4-day Confederation of Tomorrow Conference; premiers agree on need to alter constitution.
1966 Vancouver BC – Eagle Keys’ CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders beat Ottawa Rough Riders 29-14 to win 54th Grey Cup game.
1960 Vancouver BC – Frank Clair’s CFL Ottawa Rough Riders beat Edmonton Eskimos 16-6 to win 48th Grey Cup game.
1958 New York City – Montreal Canadiens star Maurice Richard scores his 600th NHL career goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
1955 Vancouver BC – Pop Ivy’s CFL Edmonton Eskimos beat Montreal Alouettes 34-19 to win 43rd Grey Cup game.
1949 Toronto Ontario – Montreal Alouettes beat Calgary Stampeders 28-15 to win 37th Grey Cup game.
1941 Montreal Quebec – Ernest Lapointe dies in hospital; Justice Minister and WLM King’s Quebec Lieutenant.
1937 Ottawa Ontario – Gustave Lanctôt named Dominion Archivist.
1927 Toronto Ontario – Toronto Balmy Beach beats Hamilton Tigers 9-6 to win 15th Grey Cup game.
1915 Montreal Quebec – Mobilization of the 148th and 150th Montreal Infantry Battalions for service in World War I.
1910 Hamilton Ontario – University of Toronto beats Hamilton Tigers 16-7 to win 2nd Grey Cup game.
1878 Ottawa Ontario – Abigail Becker 1830-1905 single-handedly rescues the captain and seven crew members of the overloaded schooner Conductor, foundered on a sandbar off Long Point on Lake Erie. The ‘Heroine of Long Point’ later rescued 6 other mariners from another wreck.
1870 Quebec Quebec – Opening of first railway connection with the Saguenay region.
1869 Ottawa Ontario – John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891 refuses to take over Rupert’s Land December 1 as agreed, due to the Metis occupation of Fort Garry and the Red River Insurrection. He orders Sir John Rose, Canadian representative in London, not to pay the £300,000 owing until the HBC can guarantee peaceful possession.
1845 Montreal Quebec – Charles Murray, Lord Cathcart 1783-1859 appointed administrator of Canada; serves until May 24, 1846; also commander of British forces in North America; Governor General Apr. 24, 1846 to Jan. 30, 1847
1810 Montreal Quebec – Opening of first regular steam boat service to Quebec
1807 Quebec Quebec – Le Canadien publisher Pierre Bédard given a seat in the Assembly after a royal pardon issued by new Governor James Craig.
1691 Port Royal Nova Scotia – Joseph Robinau de Villebon 1655-1700 arrives at Port-Royal, taking possession of Acadia next day; goes to Fort Jemseg to establish rule; government put under Sgt. Charles La Tourasse of the French garrison.

Today in Canadian History is written, compiled, edited and produced by Ottawa Researchers © 1984-2002.

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